December 31, 2013
Skyline High School football coach Mat Taylor has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Central Washington University head coaching position.
Taylor, who announced his decision Dec. 22, told The Seattle Times he first realized he wasn’t ready to leave his teaching and coaching job at Skyline while driving home from the end of his three-day interview at CWU.
August 21, 2012
Towing a horse trailer packed with supplies, Kim Arellano steered her Ford F-350 across the Cascades and close to the Taylor Bridge Fire.
The wildfire raging near Cle Elum and Ellensburg caused hundreds of firefighters to descend on neighboring Kittitas County. The disaster also led Arellano and countless volunteers throughout Washington and the Pacific Northwest to mobilize and support the relief effort.
Arellano is modest about hauling supplies from Issaquah and the Snoqualmie Valley to the fire-stricken area.
“My part was so small, but it was so rewarding,” she said. “I hope that others had an opportunity to have similar experiences. I’m glad my kids were there to witness what it feels like to help out other people.”
June 26, 2012
Lawrence J. and Suzanne D. McGowan, of Stevensville, Mont., announce the engagement of their daughter Natalie Suzanne McGowan to Liam David Shaw — son of William G. A. Shaw and Mary Beth Haggerty-Shaw, of Issaquah.
They will be piped and fiddled into matrimony at a Sept. 15 wedding by Scottish bagpiper Andrew Taylor and Irish violinist Brendon Haggerty. The celebration will take place at the engaged couple’s residence in Horse Canyon outside of Cle Elum.
Officiants will be Natalie McGowan’s uncle Jeffrey Harrison and Liam Shaw’s father William.
McGowan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University and is an equine nutrition consultant with CHS Nutrition. Shaw graduated from Central Washington University with a geography degree and is a territory manager at New Zealand-based Gallagher Animal Management Solutions Inc.
The Shaws plan to live in Cle Elum with their growing menagerie of cattle, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.
The couple would like to thank their parents for their love and support and for their respective 29 and 30 years of marriage — great examples to set for a long and happy union.
June 26, 2012
Katherine D. Wood, of Issaquah, and Daniel E. Di Re, of Kirkland, recently announced their engagement to be married July 26, 2013, at Tibbetts Creek Manor, in Issaquah.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard and Susan Wood, of Issaquah. She is a 2006 graduate of Issaquah High School. In 2010, Katherine earned a degree in psychology from Central Washington University. She is a case manager at the YWCA of Seattle.
The future groom is the son of Guy and Gail Di Re, of Kirkland. He is a 2005 graduate of Juanita High School. In 2009, Daniel earned a degree in accounting from Central Washington University. He works as an assistant supervisor at Chieftan Construction.
May 15, 2012
Several students from Issaquah High School ended the month of April on a good note, literally.
They competed at the Washington State Solo and Ensemble Contest April 27-28 and walked away with several wins.
During the contest, the campus at Central Washington University was teeming with hundreds of musicians. They were there to compete in a variety of categories, including small strings ensemble, vocal and solo bassoon.
Among the first-place finishers were Ali Campbell and Annika Dybevik, who took first in the women’s small ensemble category for their duet. First place for tuba went to Clayton Dungey while Andy Abel finished third.
March 13, 2012
Candee Jo Cox and Nicholas Colt McCormack, both of Ellensburg, recently announced their engagement to be married July 7, 2012, at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds, in Ellensburg.
The bride-to-be, the daughter of Darlene and Tim Cox, of Ellensburg, is 2004 graduate of Ellensburg High School. Candee Cox is a 2008 graduate of Central Washington University and Texas State University. She is a horse trainer and paralegal at the Law Office of Theresa Petrey.
The future groom, the son of Ellie and Mike McCormack, of Issaquah, is a 2004 graduate of Issaquah High School. He attended Yakima Valley Community College. He is a professional bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and ranch foreman at Badger Pocket Bison.
December 13, 2011
Local woman blends her art with that of her late husband
Twenty-five years after her husband — potter and best friend Richard Fairbanks — died at the height of his career, Issaquah painter Dixie Parker-Fairbanks embarked on an artistic journey to blend her husband’s revolutionary ceramics with photos of his Scandinavian architectural muses.
Her method: collage work. Her motive: well, it’s twofold.
Akin to the likes of many great artists before him, the strength and depth of Richard Fairbanks’ body of work only gained widespread recognition — at least in the States — posthumously.
In 1989, feeling drained, lonely and saddened that her husband’s voice had been silenced just as it was gathering an audience, Dixie began uncovering her husband’s exhaustive collection of ceramic art.
When the task was completed, she looked out over a sea of pottery that stretched from her Issaquah house to the far end of her lawn.
“Beyond the sadness and sense of loss of him, the overwhelming feeling was that something significant must be done with this collection,” Dixie said of the experience in an Ellensburg article in Artifact, a Seattle art magazine.
November 8, 2011
NEW — 11:50 a.m. Nov. 8, 2011
Kate Deines and Kristin Maris, former standout soccer players for Issaquah High School, both have earned academic honors this fall for their respective college teams.
Deines, a senior midfielder for the University of Washington, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII second team. Deines has a 3.73 grade point average and is a communications major.
Maris, a sophomore at Western Washington University, was named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference academic all-star team. She has a 3.78 grade point average and is a physical education major.
On Oct. 29 Maris scored both Western goals as the Vikings defeated Western Oregon 2-0. She also had a goal when the Vikings defeated Saint Martin’s 2-0 Oct. 27.
August 23, 2011
Brigham Young University sophomore Jake Heaps, one of the most celebrated quarterbacks in Skyline High School history, is earning preseason attention.
Of course, accolades are nothing new for Heaps, who earned all-state and national honors during his Skyline days.
Among his recent honors is being named to the 2011 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List. One reason why Heaps is on the list is because of the sensational freshman season he had last fall for the Cougars.
Last season, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Heaps broke every freshman Brigham Young University quarterback record, including wins, games started, passing yardage, completions and touchdowns. He started 10 games in 2010, completing 219 of 383 passes for 2,316 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The former Spartan great, who led Skyline to three straight state championships, could follow the accolades of former BYU quarterbacks Jim McMahon, Steve Young and Ty Detmer. Each of these BYU greats won the O’Brien Award — McMahon in 1981, Young in 1983, and Detmer in 1990 and 1991.
This year’s list, compiled by a subset of The O’Brien National Selection Committee, featured 38 of the nation’s top collegiate quarterbacks who were picked based on their performance last year and their expectations heading into the 2011 season. Heaps is one of eight sophomores on the list.
The field of candidates will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists Oct. 24. The O’Brien Foundation and selection committee will announce three finalists Nov. 21 and the winner will be announced Dec. 8.
In addition to the O’Brien attention, Heaps is on the cover of the Athlon Sports College Football 2011 preseason football magazine. He shares the cover with Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Boise State’s Kellen Moore. Luck is regarded as the No. 1 quarterback in the nation and the likely top pick in next year’s National Football League draft. Moore, from Prosser, has been one of the nation’s premier signal callers, too. So Heaps is in fine company.
Where are they now?
List of local athletes playing college football this fall based on most current rosters available:
Heaps has come a long way in a year. This time last year, he entered fall camp expecting to share quarterback duties with Riley Nelson. The two shared the position in BYU’s season-opening 23-17 victory against Washington. Heaps completed 13 of 23 passes for 131 yards against the Huskies. When Nelson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Florida State on Sept. 18, Heaps became the starter for the remainder of the season.
He ended it with a record-setting MVP performance against the University of Texas-El Paso in the New Mexico Bowl. He was the first BYU freshman quarterback to start in a bowl game. Heaps completed 24 of 34 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars’ 52-24 victory.
The four touchdown passes gave Heaps 15 on the season, another record for BYU freshmen quarterbacks. He broke Detmer’s record by two.
Heaps was selected to the College Football News Freshman All-American Team as an honorable mention.
Besides all of the football attention, the other big news in Heaps’ life came in late June this year when he married Brooke Shaw, whose father was a former BYU player.
Patriots moving in different directions
Three of Liberty High School’s standouts from last fall are moving on to the college ranks. Two of them are actually changing places after committing to other schools.
Quarterback Trey Wheeler is heading north of the border. He signed a letter of intent to play for Simon Fraser University, which is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Simon Fraser is the only Canadian team in that conference, which includes Central Washington.
Wheeler had been recruited by several schools and was offered a scholarship from the University of Wyoming.
“He went up to Simon Fraser and liked the program and the academics. He felt it would be a good fit,” Liberty coach Steve Valach said.
Chandler Jenkins, the 3A KingCo Conference offensive player of the year last fall, is a walk-on at Washington State University. Jenkins had originally committed to the Air Force Academy. He is scheduled to play as a slot receiver for the Cougars.
Jenkins joins the Simone brothers, Gino and Jordan, who are former Skyline standouts, at WSU. Gino is a wide receiver and Jordan is a safety.
Jake Bainton, a standout receiver and defensive back for Liberty, had signed a national letter of intent with Central Washington University. However, Valach said Bainton has changed his mind and plans to play for American River Community College in California.
The three former Liberty stars helped the Patriots reach the state playoffs the past three seasons, including the 3A state title game in 2009.
Other Liberty grads who will be playing college ball this fall are Nolan Liefer, Marcelle Bell and Robert Blair at Montana-Western; Cameron Talley at Linfield; Coleton Langdon at Portland State; Taylor Hamann at the University of Puget Sound; and Justin Whitman and Rob Marlow at Pacific Lutheran.
Bradley battling for No. 1 job
Joey Bradley, who was a standout quarterback at Issaquah, is vying for the No. 1 job at North Dakota University. He is one of three candidates for the position.
Bradley transferred to North Dakota from Diablo Valley Community College in California. He led all California community college quarterbacks in passing yards (3,656 yards) and touchdown passes (33) for Diablo Valley last fall.
In the North Dakota spring game, Bradley showed promise as he hit nine of 17 passes for 105 yards.
Another former Eagle expecting to have a big season is tailback Grant Gellatly, a sophomore at Cornell. Gellatly led his team and all Ivy League freshmen in rushing with 437 yards last fall. He also caught 15 passes for 82 yards.
Two Issaquah graduates are headed for Linfield College. Defensive back Adam Dondoyano and Evan Peterson will play for the Wildcats.
Dondoyano has recovered from a torn ACL, which kept him out of action for most of last fall. Peterson was an all-league receiver for the Eagles, and set school season and career records. Dondoyano and Peterson will be roommates at Linfield.
Jacob Everson, a redshirt freshman, will be playing for Minot State this fall.
Spartans starting at Eastern
Skyline graduates Jase Butorac and Tyler Washburn are listed as starters at Eastern Washington University, the defending NCAA Championship Sub-division national champions.
Butorac, 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, is listed as the starter at right guard on offense. He is a redshirt freshman. However, he impressed Eastern coaches for his efforts on the scout team last fall. Butorac was selected as the offensive scout team player of the year.
Washburn is listed as a co-starter at strongside inside linebacker. He did not play spring ball because of surgery following an injury late in the 2010 season.
Washburn started 12 games last season. He had one of the biggest plays of the season for the Eagles. Washburn returned a fumble for a touchdown in the Eagles’ 41-31 victory against Villanova in the semifinals.
Evan Day, another Skyline grad, is listed as a reserve defensive end for Eastern. Like Butorac, Day is a redshirt freshman. He was selected as Eastern’s defensive scout team player of the year last fall.
Joining the three Spartans is Issaquah’s Jay Deines, freshman offensive lineman.
The Eagles open their season Sept. 3 at the University of Washington.
The Eastern-UW game will resemble a Skyline alumni game. While Butorac, Washburn and Day will suit up for Eastern, the Huskies have former Spartans in wide receiver William Chandler, defensive end Connor Cree, linebacker Cooper Pelluer and wide receiver Kasen Williams.
August 16, 2011
Local students graduate from Western Washington University
The following students recently graduated from Western Washington University for the 2011 spring quarter.
Issaquah: Joseph Bennett, Bachelor of Arts, humanities (religion and culture); Travis Brittingham, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (management); Jessica Burke, Bachelor of Arts in Education (special education); Irwin Cho, Bachelor of Arts, economics; Jake Dunton, Bachelor of Science, environmental science; Rosanna Fry, master’s degree, speech (language pathology); Steven Funcke, Bachelor of Arts, English (literature emphasis); Keith Gaffin, Bachelor of Arts, psychology; Robyn Goldblatt, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (management); Matthew Gu, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (marketing); Brandon Hu, Bachelor of Science, cellular and molecular biology; Megan Jonas, Bachelor of Arts, journalism; Kathryn Kennedy, Bachelor of Arts, English (creative writing emphasis); Ian La Belle, Bachelor of Arts, political science; Elizabeth Leo, Bachelor of Arts, design; Cassandra Locke, Bachelor of Arts, art; Erin Mathias, Bachelor of Arts in Education, mathematics (elementary); Cassaundra Meyers, Bachelor of Arts, design; Monica Neiman, Bachelor of Arts in Education, history (elementary); Brianna Nieman, Bachelor of Arts, design; Dane Olsen, Bachelor of Arts, human services; Kaela Pauly, Bachelor of Science, kinesiology (pre-physical therapy); Kelcie Prazan, Bachelor of Arts, business administration (marketing); Rachel Smith, Bachelor of Arts, communication; and Lauren Thompson, Bachelor of Arts, behavior neuroscience